Family of Lane Tech student shot during police shootout granted access to evidence

Rylan Wilder, 15.

CHICAGO — A judge has granted the family of a Lane Tech student, wounded in a police shootout with a bank robber, access to evidence from the scene.

Attorneys for Rylan Wilder’s family asked a judge for an emergency order, allowing them access to police evidence of the Nov. 19 incident.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the Chicago and Des Plaines police departments to preserve evidence, including dashcam and bodycam footage.

A Des Plaines police officer chased a Bank of America robbery suspect into Chicago, and then into UpBeat Music and Arts school, at 4318 W Irving Park Rd, where Wilder was working as an intern.

The suspect was killed in the shootout, a Chicago police officer was wounded, and Wilder was hit in the arm and the abdomen.

Surgeons at Lurie Children’s Hospital performed at least five surgeries on Wilder, rerouting arteries to keep blood flowing to his hand and attempting to reconnect nerves. A finger has been severed due to his injuries. As of Monday, he has no feeling in his index finger and numbness in the rest of his hand.

Wilder is an accomplished musician and the youngest person to ever play Riot Fest.

On Monday, Wilder’s family announced they would file a lawsuit against Maurice Murphy, the accused wheelman who was arrested in Des Plaines, saying he should’ve known his actions would put the public at risk and triggered a large police response.

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